Kill Bill: Vol. 2

There's more plot and less action than in Vol. 1 but Tarantino still delivers

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen

Website: http://killbill.movies.go.com/

Originally slated for a February release, Kill Bill Vol. 2 finally hits the big screen.

Seemingly just a straightforward revenge story with a big bloody battle, the first installment of Kill Bill didn't give us much in the way of a plot - but I hardly had time to notice, what with all that spilt blood.

After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I wasn't sure what to expect next.

It's easy to forget that Kill Bill is one movie that happens to be split into two parts.

Vol. 2 depicts the middle and ending of the story and it makes up for the lack of scope presented in Vol. 1.

The story of the Bride (Thurman) unfolds through a series of flashbacks that let us know who the Bride is, what her relationship is to Bill (Carradine) and why he tried to kill her.

Along the way, of course, she has to finish her Death List Five by disposing of Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) and Budd (Madsen), the two surviving members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad.

Although the ending, which I won't give away, is a bit cutesy, the cast does a great job and carries the story well.

Tarantino once again delivers the unique storytelling that we've come to expect. Typical of QT, you can expect tons of his trademark clever (but admittedly corny) dialogue and his usual twisted re-packaging of a linear plot.

Although Vol. 2 lacks the insane comic-book violence of the first installment, homage is paid to the Hong Kong chop-socky films of the 70s.

Gordon Liu (Chia Hui Liu) - who, incidentally, played Johnny Mo in Kill Bill Vol. 1 - appears as Pai Mei, the maniacal Kung-Fu master living in isolation in an abandoned temple. His Kung Fu is as great as his tongue-in-cheek performance.

Once again, although borrowing heavily from others, Tarantino has reinvented the "genre" movie.

PTV Rating: 4 out of 5

Czech Premiere: Thu 22nd Apr, 2004
Czech Title: Kill Bill 2
Runtime: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Number of Prints in Czech Cinemas: 38

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